Stephen Jelley bags top time at the end of second practice

Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley secured the top spot in second practice for the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch Indy, with times tumbling well below the qualifying lap record.

Towards the end of the session, with just over four minutes to go, BTC Racing’s Josh Cook had held the fastest time with his effort of 47.868 seconds.

But a minute later, Power Maxed Racing’s Michael Crees went just over a tenth of a second faster with his effort of 47.762 seconds, topping the times for the second occasion in the session.

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But with just 30 seconds to go, Jelley usurped them both, claiming the top spot with a lap which was a tenth faster still, his lap of 47.654 being two tenths faster even than the NGTC qualifying lap record.

Crees ended up in second in his Vauxhall, ahead of Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, who had put his lap time in just after Cress went fastest.

Cook slipped to fourth at the end, having opted to bring his Honda in to conclude his session five minutes before the chequered flag flew.

Jake Hill was fifth fastest in the MB Motorsport BMW, ahead of the Ciceley 3-Series of George Gamble in sixth.

Gordon Shedden was the second-quickest Honda for Team Dynamics in seventh, whilst BMW’s four-time champion Colin Turkington was eighth.

The top ten was completed by Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom and Ciceley’s Adam Morgan, the latter being just three tenths of a second off the pace.

It was again a challenging session for the Motorbase Ford squad. NAPA Racing UK’s Dan Cammish was the best of the Focus drivers down in 18th, whilst reigning champion Ash Sutton was only 21st. Earlier in the day the team had failed to break into the top ten as well.

BTC Racing’s Jason Plato, who had been eighth and less than two tenths off the pace in FP1, slipped to 22nd in second practice, just under eight tenths off the pace.

The session was slightly less competitive overall than first practice, with the top 23 being covered by less than a second.

Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 15:50 BST.

Session results

POS NO NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 12 Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 31 47.654
2 777 Michael CREES CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 23 47.762 0.108
3 80 Tom INGRAM Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 32 47.789 0.135
4 66 Josh COOK Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 22 47.868 0.214
5 24 Jake HILL ROKiT MB Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 30 47.883 0.229
6 42 George GAMBLE Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 35 47.907 0.253
7 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 33 47.922 0.268
8 50 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330e M Sport 24 47.942 0.288
9 32 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type R 28 47.951 0.297
10 33 Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330e M Sport 26 47.955 0.301
11 6 Rory BUTCHER Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 26 48.020 0.366
12 123 Daniel LLOYD Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 33 48.061 0.407
13 97 Ash HAND CarStore Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 29 48.114 0.460
14 21 Ricky COLLARD Toyota GAZOO Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 48.142 0.488
15 17 Dexter PATTERSON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 29 48.244 0.590
16 19 Bobby THOMPSON Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 19 48.272 0.618
17 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 32 48.321 0.667
18 9 Dan CAMMISH NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 26 48.338 0.684
19 3 Tom CHILTON Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 19 48.350 0.696
20 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 37 48.359 0.705
21 1 Ashley SUTTON NAPA Racing UK Ford Focus ST 30 48.411 0.757
22 11 Jason PLATO Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 29 48.449 0.795
23 48 Ollie JACKSON Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 36 48.468 0.814
24 99 Jade EDWARDS Rich Energy BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 30 48.681 1.027
25 77 Sam OSBORNE Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan Ford Focus ST 18 48.720 1.066
26 96 Jack BUTEL Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 36 48.746 1.092
27 28 Nicolas HAMILTON Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing CUPRA Leon 31 48.955 1.301
28 62 Rick PARFITT JR Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing Infiniti Q50 16 49.433 1.779
29 20 Will POWELL Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero CUPRA Leon 25 49.835 2.181
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